This is all very new too me and I am hoping that being on here will provide support and advice.
My mum sadly passed away 7 weeks ago to this dreaded disease, by the time she was admitted to hospital it was already too late and she was in advanced cancer stages, with suspect ovarian cancer. Various tests and an investigative operation was carried out and biopsies were taken and the results were not received in time before mum sadly passed. The doctors suspected cancer strongly due to the visual findings and after receiving the death certificate and following up the results with the hospital have learnt that mum had colon malignancy both in large and small bowel with unknown primary. The doctors are not sure if the cancer started in the bowel or the ovary and this is something that I and my family will never know.
I am deeply upset about this and losing my one and only mum, my life will never ever be the same again and the biggest question I am left with is why??
The doctors now believe that mum would have had the cancer for around 5 years! I cannot understand how you can have this awful disease for so long and only have mild symptoms, the everyday digestive problems, indigestion, feeling full quickly etc and not become really sick until around two months before the end! It is all such a shock! It was only when mum started being persistently sick that things started being taken seriously!
Mums CA125 tumour marker against ovarian cancer was 117, which doctors told me, is not considerably high, however I have read it should not be over 35. The CEA tumour marker against bowel cancer was 4, which I am told is in the normal range?
I was wondering if anyone could provide any further information on ovarian and bowel cancer, likewise cancer of unknown primary. I am interested in the symptoms that people may experience with both ovarian and bowel cancer, to try and help piece a little of the jigsaw together.
Hearing from anyone with regards to this and likewise for general support will be much appreciated.